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ExxonMobil announce turbine study agreement with Mitsubishi


At LNG 18 in Perth, ExxonMobil announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with three Japanese companies to develop and explore new applications for MHPS’s H-100 gas turbines, as well as state-of-the-art compressor technologies, to reduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) unit costs. The agreement was signed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, its subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation, as well as Mitsubishi and Hitachi joint venture Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS).

In a joint statement, the Japanese companies said the aim of the agreement is to reduce the complexity of LNG processing plants, lower their lifecycle costs, and cut plant emissions through enhancements to MHPS’s existing two-shaft gas turbine technology.

The H-100 is a high-efficiency, heavy-duty, high-reliability, and low-maintenance gas turbine providing output in the medium range. Benefits of two-shaft gas turbines for LNG mechanical drive are reduced footprint, broad variable-speed operation, and full-pressure start-up. It is specifically designed for mid-sized power generation and large-sized co-generation power plants.

“ExxonMobil is widely recognized as an industry leader in terms of both project execution and efficiency,” commented MHI President & CEO Shunichi Miyanaga. “Collaboration with ExxonMobil will offer us the benefit of the company’s technical expertise, insights, and experience in LNG projects as we develop the next generation of gas turbines – systems that will be even more efficient and cost-effective and will reduce emissions in LNG applications.”

He continued: “We are very pleased that ExxonMobil has qualified MHPS’ H-100 gas turbine technology for use in LNG facilities, and we look forward to continuing this work to further develop technology to reduce LNG costs, maximize plant operating rates, and provide stable operation over the long term.”

The MCO-MHPS LNG main refrigeration package is a good example of how MHI’s oil and gas business is currently focused on unifying the Company’s product line-up to meet market needs.


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga at the announcement.
H-100 gas turbine/compressors for LNG plant.

Source: Upstream LNG 18 news